Friday, May 22, 2015

Not a Sports Fan, but I Love this Colorado Rockies T-Shirt

I am not a sports fan. I like playing sports, but watching them, following a team, the whole majesty of that is lost on me. My dear mother sent me a whole bunch of t-shirts and sweat pants that she got on clearance. In the mix was this Colorado Rockies t-shirt. It's this kimono sleeved garment with a large cowl neck and waistband. It is really comfortable and very soft. Only downside? It says Colorado Rockies on the front. Solution? Copy the pattern and make another.


All I did was trace the around the garment with my ponce wheel and then I flat patterned the collar and the waist band. The pattern boils down to five very simple shapes. I tested it our in this striped jersey from Joann's that I have had for forever.


I only had a yard of the fabric so I had to cut judiciously. I was very careful about my stripes and I have to say that I am really proud about how it matched up on the sleeves and side seams. It kind of chevrons on the sleeves and the stripes go right around the body on the side seams.



I also got to break out my coverstitch to do the edges of my sleeves and the collar. I used the triple top stitch and I think it came out great. It neatly follows the edge of the last stripe on the collar.





I am newly delving into knits and I have to say this project was fun and quick and may have me hooked on knit wear.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Teacup Dress Photo Shoot

As many of you have seen from my posts about Me Made May, my teacup dress has been getting lots of play. I LOVE IT! I don't know that I can say that strongly enough. It is fantastic. An amazing addition to my closet. About a week and a half ago I finally got to get together with my amazing photo friend Mary and she took some great shots of this dress. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as we enjoyed taking them.









You can't see it as I am sitting in most of these but this dress has pockets which are totally clutch. Also we had a visitor while we were shooting.


Mrs. Mallard cam right up close and considered joining our tea party. She thought the dress was stunning and that I should surely make myself another. I agree wholeheartedly ma'am, and I will do it!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Me Made May Week 1 Round Up

I have to say that I have never been so diligent with Me Made May. I am really having a blast wearing a hand made item every single day. Also as it would turn out my fear over not having enough items to wear seems to be unfounded. I have just been madly sewing everything I can get my hands on. 

Day 1: Polka Dot/Wonderbread Dress


This is my Gertie's shirtwaist dress. From my post humbled by a dress. 

http://thesewcialist.blogspot.com/2015/02/humbled-by-dress-struggle-is-real.html?showComment=1429830312730&m=1

Day 2: Teacup Dress


I know everyone is shocked that I would be at Joann's buying more fabric but it happened, deal with it. This is my teacup dress. I just did a photo shoot with it and it's was awesome. Post soon. 

http://thesewcialist.blogspot.com/2015/04/teacup-dress.html?m=1

Day 3: Cowl Collar T-Shirt


This is a new pattern I'm working on. I copied it from a t-shirt that my mom sent me. I'm changing and perfecting it currently. I really love it and I wore it when we took our work study students roller skating. It was fun and breezy. 

Day 4: McCalls 4769


This is my absolute favorite shirtdress pattern of all time. It just works. I'll be posing about this beauty soon. 

Day 6: Butterick B6094


I made this one for Gertie's latest contest celebrating the release of her fabric line available at Joann Fabrics. I painstakingly matched the patterns on this dress. I love how it came out. 

http://thesewcialist.blogspot.com/2015/02/patterns-by-gertie-and-gerties-new-book.html?m=1

Day 6: Simplicity 1587


This dress is a mock up for a dress I'm making for my friend Semler. I love it! It was really comfortable. I definitely would've needed more fabric if the fabric had been directional. 

Day 7: Sleeveless Bow Back Shirt



This shirt reminds me of my grandmother. It's classy with clean lines. It was fun to wear. I love the bow detail at the back. It's from the same pattern I draped to make my polka dot chambray dress for the spring for cotton sew along. 

http://thesewcialist.blogspot.com/2015/04/spring-for-cotton-dress-is-done.html?m=1

Day 8: Spring For Cotton Dress


Speaking of my spring for cotton dress. I love this dress and I think it looks really great in my wife's garden at our home in Virginia. 

http://thesewcialist.blogspot.com/2015/04/spring-for-cotton-photoshoot.html?m=1

I am so loving this challenge for May. It has encouraged me to really push my makes to the front of my wardrobe. I've also felt an increased level of inspiration for creating my own things! Till next time!


Monday, May 4, 2015

Me Made May Day 2 & 3

Here we go with a little mini round up of my Me Made May outfits for May 2nd and May 3rd. On the 2nd I wore one of my absolute new favorites, my teacup dress. It is awesome for work and of course it has pockets. This dress is going to continue to get a lot of play. The lovely lady at the cutting counter at Joann's took this for me.



Yesterday on the third we took our work study students roller skating. I was vexed over what to wear and so I threw on this new cowl neck t-shirt I whipped up recently. I'm going to post about it soon, but it is really comfortable. Plus I got to throw on my skates!

These shorts are from 30 lbs ago, I had to lock them down with a belt, but it was so hot I could not wear pants! They were swimming on me. I think I see a shorts project in my future!


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Me Made May Day 1

Hey everyone, it's that time of the year again. The magical and challenging month of Me Made May! I'm really excited about it. In years past I have had tons of stuff to choose from. This year I am down 30 lbs, which is very exciting, but it means that a lot of the things I have made before don't fit anymore. What that means is that in addition to wearing my makes this May, I will also be doing a lot of making. Lots of posts about new looks to look forward to.

For my first day of Me Made May I wore my polka dot dress, from my post Humbled by a Dress. This dress was a struggle to finish but it all came out in the end. A friend called it my wonderbread dress the other day. I love it! More about today's outfit, tomorrow!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Teacup Dress

There is something I have always wanted in my wardrobe, a teacup dress. I love to use imagery of my favorite things in my sewing. Usually it's a mix of sewing items and tattoos, but I definitely have needed teacups in my closet for a long time. I found this amazing fabric at Joann's in the red tag section and in addition to being on clearance it was an additional 50% off! Holy hot darn now is my time. I bought everything they had and I was not truly sure it was going to be enough, it was only 2 yards and 15 inches. On top of that the woman cutting wanted to even out the cut at the end of the bolt. I nearly hopped across the table to stop her. I needed every inch. 


I decided to use an altered version of my spring for cotton dress. The fit of that bodice was so fabulous that I knew I could change it a little and make something fabulous. Another thing that I have been hankering for is a contrast stand collar and button band. After making a new version of the bodice I set to work on the collar and button band.


I decided to do a small stand collar. I wanted to keep the actual collar quite narrow, I wanted it to be delicate. The fit on dress form was fabulous, it made me so excited to get it on my body!


The next big decision I had to make was buttons. I love buttons, but they are hard to choose between, too much awesomeness. I hemmed and hawed for a while and in the end I fell in love with the black buttons. I just love them, it's kind of mimicking a tux front too. It feels so classy.


I did a little spot check and pinned the bodice on myself in the mirror. I only became more excited after that. GET THIS DRESS ON MY BODY!



I popped on a few buttonholes, my machine Bernice, makes the most amazing buttonholes, and then the bodice was good to go.


Once I solved the bodice, the next hurdle was the skirt. I did a gathered skirt with inseam pockets. With very few exceptions I think that all dresses need pockets! I also put on these little white flanges in armscye for some extra detail in the sleeve.




Hopefully there will be a photoshoot soon, but long story short. I love this dress and can't wait to get more wears out of it.


Since losing all my weight I don't have as many me made items for May coming up. So I am working on increasing the things I can wear, and this little number will certainly be on the list!






Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring for Cotton Photoshoot

I finished my Spring for Cotton dress and now here is the much lauded and talked about photoshoot results. My dear friend Mary, brought me to the undeveloped portion of the Gym building she goes too. It was an amazing place to shoot! Mary is incredibly talented. She makes everything look as good as it possibly can. I love these photos.

After this whole long journey, losing almost 30 lbs., new job, and rolling the derby, I'm just so happy. I like how I look and even more than that, I like how I feel. One bitter sweet thing is that now some of my measurements are smaller than my dress form. It's so sad, dress forms are expensive, but at the same time yay for me.












I love this shoot. Can't wait to do more! I'm working on a new dress with teacups on it. Perhaps in a tea shop or something. We'll see what the incredibly talented Mary thinks.